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Want a Whiter, Brighter Smile? 3 Tips to Help Whiten Your Teeth

by Andre Daniels

If you've ever compared your teeth to a white napkin or a white tissue and your teeth are not anywhere near the same color, and they look yellow or even brown, it may be time to whiten your teeth. A whiter smile can be achieved with professional whitening treatments at your dentist's office. Your dentist may use a whitening gel in a tray (or guard) that is placed in the mouth on your teeth to lighten stains and whiten your teeth. If these treatments just aren't in your budget right now, you can try a few things at home to help brighten your smile. Read on for tips to give you a whiter, brighter smile.


A mixture of charcoal pills (broken open) and coconut oil can be combined and used as a whitening paste. Simply combine the two together and brush the mixture onto your teeth with a toothbrush. Allow it to sit on your teeth for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth out. The taste may not be that great, but it is an all-natural way to whiten your teeth, and it will whiten all of your teeth, not just your front teeth like whitening strips may do.

Lemon and Baking Soda

Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to create a paste, then add a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Add a small amount to your toothbrush and brush it onto your teeth, working it onto your teeth for at least 2 minutes, then rinse your mouth. Certain Companies, like ComfortCare  Dental, know that this is not a whitening treatment you should do often as the lemon and the baking soda may be too harsh on your enamel. 

Whitening Toothpaste and Strips

Tooth whitening toothpaste and whitening strips may also help give your teeth a brighter smile. Whitening strips however, only cover a few of your teeth in the front of your mouth so the back teeth will not benefit from them. Whitening strips can range in price and can work well for some, but harsh stains may need a professional whitening treatment. Whitening toothpaste may not whiten harsh stains, but it can help to brighten your smile. For some that only need maintenance after a professional treatment, whitening toothpaste may be beneficial.

If you're looking for a whiter smile, make sure you keep your teeth healthy by brushing twice per day for at least two minutes. Also change bad habits to prevent stains. Some bad habits include: smoking, drinking coffee, tea, soda, eating sugary foods and drinks, and not going to the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups - these are all bad habits that may lead to stains on your teeth.

If you want a whiter smile and have harsh stains, a professional treatment may be what you need. Talk to your dentist about whitening treatments.